Daily Devotional: Psalms 13:1-6
1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; 4 my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment-to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
It is often said that an eternal God does not recon with or count time. Nothing is farther from the truth. God is keenly aware of time and how it plays in each of our lives. But he does not count time as we count it nor is he bound by the shackles of time as we are today. So when we get in a hurry for God to act or move (as in the Psalm above) we must not fret or doubt. God knows just the right time to do what he does – without regard to our fallible thinking. He sees all things and acts from the perspective of eternity and not from our daily routines.
It is certainly natural from our human perspective to be bound by years, months, days, hours and minutes (or even seconds when we microwave something or we are waiting on our computer to respond). One of the admonitions found in the Old Testament is that we need to learn to wait on the Lord. It is often in waiting that our faith is tested and made stronger. While we all make mistakes in our judgment from time to time and we speak when we should be silent and are silent when we should speak, God always knows what is best for us and when he needs to act on our behalf or make us wait.
Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, give me patience to wait on you and faith to trust you to always know what is best in my life. When I get in a hurry or begin to fret over things that are not in my control, increase my faith so I will trust you. Thank you for the physical blessings I enjoy in my life and I ask you to help me use them to your glory and not be selfish. Thank you for all of the spiritual blessings I have in Jesus Christ. Thank you for the salvation you provide and thank you for the many brothers and sisters I have in Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus.